For those of you who played Carmageddon, back in the late 90's, this game is the spiritual successor.
Created by a Russian based development house, the game is all the more charming for it.
Gone is the cliched smart ♥♥♥♥ teenage driver, who is trying to find / avenge his family / girlfriend / teddy bear , instead you play as a Hunter who will take on various missions, thus earning upgrades, etc.
The missions are of the standard type Kill / Capture mostly, with Escort and Timed runs thrown in.
The controls are simple and easy to pick up, so the learning curve is minimal, letting you get straight to the fun.
And this is where other racing games have seemingly lost their way, because they focus more on a teeth grinding level of challenge, invoking frustration.
It involves a time commitment to play those games - is it a game or a relationship ?
With this game, I can pick it up, play it, and leave happy, because it gave me a fun experience.
And that is exactly what I paid for.